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Centre for Fuel Studies and Research want energy security in manifestos

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Energy securityVadodara City-based non-profit organisation, Centre for Fuel Studies and Research (CFSR), has urged all political parties to include energy security in their election manifestos. The organisation sent a memorandum to all parties in this regard. It said that in order to achieve economic growth and to improve the quality of life, especially of those below the poverty line, significant improvement will be required in the performance of the energy sector.

The current power scenario not only shows rising deficit but also large deficits in meeting basic energy needs, thereby necessitating power cuts in many parts of the country. The condition in the rural areas continues to be worse. Present indications are such that for the third time in a row, India will add only 50 per cent of the planned capacity in the power sector, it said.

“Our suggestions for the new government will be to get out of the perennial deficit situation. We have asked them to keep two extremely relevant issues — Energy Security and Sustainability — in mind once they form the government by May end,” said CFSR Vice-Chairman Ajit Kapadia.

He added: “We have asked them to consider energy efficiency both on the demand and supply fronts. Maximum use of available indigenous resources, increase in renewable energy sources as quickly as possible, pursuit of a nuclear programme, and tackling globalisation will be the right approach.”

He said it is for the parties to decide whether or not they should accept the recommendations. The organisation has been working on issues related to energy security for over four years now.

But Kapadia added: “This is for the first time that we sent our recommendations to all political parties so that it can become part of their manifestos, in which case it will be a compulsion for them to give it a concrete form. It can also become part of the Common Minimum Programme in case a coalition government is formed.”

The organisation has urged the parties to ensure that the Bureau of Energy Efficiency sets efficiency norms on both supply and demand within six months of the formation of the new government at the Centre, and that the norms are given legislative protection to ensure full compliance within two terms of the 15th Lok Sabha.

Similarly, the government should also set up Rural Energy Parks: a concept that will take care of the extreme energy deprivation in the rural areas by utilising renewable sources of energy like agricultural waste, biogas and the like, he added.

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